THE NINETEENTH CHALLENGE
My parents are visiting
Sorry for delays
I’m feeling all Doogie Howser here…. So write a play about parents.
But mess with time.
CHALLENGE: WRITE A TIME-FLUID PARENTAL PLAY
Like start with an egg- or start with a LITERAL TWINKLE IN AN EYE
And by the end, with death and a reunion of sorts. It can be- should be- something a bit more fantastical magical ethereal than like 6th grader Heaven.
If you’re a hardcore blackbelt atheist, then make your NOTHINGNESS beautiful, you temporal breeder (for the purposes of art).
Don’t: get cute.
Do: get sappy
When you mess with convention, it disrupts the audience and if they have to think, they can’t feel. So give them instant connections to allow them to stop thinking, and start feeling.
Nobody wants to have to THINK about your goddamn play until you’ve given us the gift of feeling something real. Then, we’ll think all by ourselves without any help from you AT ALL.
You are not a thinker maker. You are a playwright.
Artistic Director, Red Theater Chicago
An Oak Tree by Tim Crouch, Nov. 3 - Dec. 9, 2018